Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Phil Housley
Phil Housley was drafted 6th overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres directly out of high school. That year, he made his NHL debut on October 6 against the Quebec Nordiques. Ten nights later, he scored his first goal against the Washington Capitals. Housley played 77 games that rookie season and scored 66 points and was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team. He was also the runner-up for the Calder Trophy to Chicago's Steve Larmer. In 1983-84, Housley improved to 31 goals and 77 points and played in the mid-season All-Star Game

In 1987-88, Housley set a team record with 29 goals from the blueline. When he scored 31 goals in 1983-84, he also played forward, where some of his goals were credited. In 1988-89, he recorded 70 points, which was a team record by a defenceman and also played in his second All-Star Game. In 1989-90, Housley continued to assault the Sabres' record book, setting new marks with 60 assists and 81 points by a defenceman.

On June 16, 1990, Housley was traded with Scott Arniel, Jeff Parker, and a first-round draft pick to the Winnipeg Jets for Dale Hawerchuk, a first-round draft pick, and future considerations. That season, Housley led the Jets with 53 assists and 76 points. He also played in the mid-season All-Star Game. In 1991-92, he led the Jets with 63 assists and 86 points and played in his fourth straight All-Star Game. At season's end, he was named a Second Team All-Star and finished third in the voting for the Norris Trophy. In 1992-93, Housley scored a career-high 79 assists and 97 points and played in his fifth straight All-Star Game. His 97 points set a franchise record for defencemen.

Housley was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Scott Arniel and Stephane Quintal on September 24, 1993. He played 26 games that season and scored 22 points. His stay with the Blues was short-lived as he was traded on July 4, 1994 with two draft picks to the Calgary Flames for Al MacInnis and a draft pick. In that shortened 1994-95 campaign, Housley led the team with 35 assists. In 1995-96, he was traded on February 26 with Dan Keczmer to the New Jersey Devils for Tommy Albelin, Cale Hulse and Jocelyn Lemieux. In 81 games between the two teams, he scored 68 points.

On July 22, 1996, Housley signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals. That season, he scored 40 points in 77 games. In 1997-98, he scored 31 points in 64 games. In the playoffs, he helped the Capitals win the Prince of Wales Trophy in the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals.

Housley was claimed on waivers by the Calgary Flames during the summer of 1998. That season, he had 54 points and led the team with 43 assists. In 1999-2000, he scored 55 points on the Flames blueline during the regular season and played in his 1,300th game on October 29. On September 28, 2001, Housley was claimed on waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Housley went on to spend the better part of two seasons with the Hawks' while capturing a Silver Medal representing the U.S. at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City before he was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2003 trading deadline. Following only a brief stint with Toronto, Housley became a free-agent in the summer of 2003 and subsequently retired from competitive play in January 2004.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1980-81 South St. Paul High School High-MN 18 28 26 54
1980-81 St. Paul Vulcans USHL 6 7 7 14 6 10 5 5 10 0
1981-82 South St. Paul High School High-MN 22 31 34 65 18
1981-82 United States WJC-A 7 1 0 1 6
1981-82 United States WEC-A 7 1 0 1 4
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 19 47 66 39 -4 10 3 4 7 2
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 31 46 77 33 +3 3 0 0 0 6
1984-85 United States Can-Cup 6 0 2 2 0
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 16 53 69 28 +15 5 3 2 5 2
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 15 47 62 54 -9
1985-86 United States WEC-A 10 2 6 8 4
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 21 46 67 57 -2
1987-88 United States Can-Cup 5 0 2 2 4
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 29 37 66 96 -17 6 2 4 6 6
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 26 44 70 47 +6 5 1 3 4 2
1988-89 United States WEC-A 7 3 4 7 2
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 21 60 81 32 +11 6 1 4 5 4
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 78 23 53 76 24 -13
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 23 63 86 92 -5 7 1 4 5 0
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 18 79 97 52 -14 6 0 7 7 2
1993-94 St. Louis Blues NHL 26 7 15 22 12 -5 4 2 1 3 4
1994-95 Zurcher SC Swiss 10 6 8 14 34
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 43 8 35 43 18 +17 7 0 9 9 0
1995-96 Calgary Flames NHL 59 16 36 52 22 -2
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 22 1 15 16 8 -4
1996-97 United States W-Cup 1 0 1 1 0
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 77 11 29 40 24 -10
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 64 6 25 31 24 -10 18 0 4 4 4
1998-99 Calgary Flames NHL 79 11 43 54 52 +14
1999-00 Calgary Flames NHL 78 11 44 55 24 -12
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 2 3 5 0 +2
2000-01 Calgary Flames NHL 69 4 30 34 24 -15
2000-01 United States WC-A 9 0 1 1 4 0
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 80 15 24 39 34 -3 5 0 1 1 4
2001-02 United States Olympics 6 1 4 5 0 +5
2002-03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 57 6 23 29 24 +7
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 2 -1 3 0 0 0 0
2002-03 United States WC-A 6 1 1 2 4 +3
NHL Totals 1495 338 894 1232 822 85 13 43 56 36


NHL All-Rookie Team (1983)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1992) Lester Patrick Trophy (2008) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1984, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000)
Traded to Winnipeg by Buffalo with Scott Arniel, Jeff Parker and Buffalo's 1st round choice (Keith Tkachuk) in 1990 Entry Draft for Dale Hawerchuk and Winnipeg's 1st round choice (Brad May) in 1990 Entry Draft, June 16, 1990. Traded to St. Louis by Winnipeg for Nelson Emerson and Stephane Quintal, September 24, 1993. Traded to Calgary by St. Louis with St. Louis' 2nd round choices in 1996 (Steve Begin) and 1997 (John Tripp) Entry Drafts for Al MacInnis and Calgary's 4th round choice (Didier Tremblay) in 1997 Entry Draft, July 4, 1994. Traded to New Jersey by Calgary with Dan Keczmer for Tommy Albelin, Cale Hulse and Jocelyn Lemieux, February 26, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 22, 1996. Claimed on waivers by Calgary from Washington, July 21, 1998. Claimed by Chicago from Calgary in Waiver Draft, September 28, 2001. Traded to Toronto by Chicago for Toronto's 9th round choice (Chris Porter) in 2003 Entry Draft and Toronto's 4th round choice (Karel Hromas) in 2004 Entry Draft, March 11, 2003.
Officially announced retirement, January 16, 2004.